Researchers discover gene mutations for Parkinson's disease
October 22, 2004
An international research team, led by scientists at the National Institute on Aging (NIA), has discovered a gene, which when mutated, causes Parkinson’s disease in some families. Although Parkinson’s disease is usually not inherited,...
Scientists detect two decision-making pathways in human brain
October 15, 2004
In a classic Aesop fable, the Ant diligently stores food for the upcoming winter, while the Grasshopper lounges in the summer sun oblivious to the impending change of season. Like the characters in this tale, people are often torn between...
National Institute on Aging, industry launch partnership, $60 million Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative
October 13, 2004
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) in conjunction with other Federal agencies, private companies and organizations today launched a $60 million, 5-year public-private partnership—the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative—...
Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative questions and answers
October 13, 2004
What is the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative? The Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) is a $60 million, 5-year public-private partnership to test whether serial magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron...
Health, retirement needs challenge an aging America
September 28, 2004
NEW YORK—The National Institute on Aging (NIA) gathered eminent researchers September 28 to discuss with journalists, “How can we prepare to meet the challenges of an aging population?” The answers, at least according to this NIA-...
Synthetic prion causes neurological disease in mice
July 29, 2004
Scientists have produced a prion protein that can trigger the development of a neurological disorder in mice that is similar to “mad cow” disease, according to a new study supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), a part of the...
Vital Visionaries Program: "Serious fun" that improves medical students attitudes towards older people
July 27, 2004
Creating art with older "teammates" made first-year medical students more sensitive to older people, according to results of the Vital Visionaries Collaboration (VV), a pilot program developed by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) in...
Donepezil may have short-term benefit for mild cognitive impairment
July 18, 2004
People with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) taking the drug donepezil were at reduced risk of progressing to Alzheimer's disease (AD) for the first 18 months of a 3-year study when compared with their counterparts on placebo, according to a...
Mouse brain stem cells capable of converting into blood vessel cells
July 15, 2004
Adult stem cells in the brains of mice possess a broader differentiation potential than previously thought and may be capable of developing into other cell types including those involved in the formation of new blood vessels, according to a new...
Studies suggest people with early AD can still learn
July 2, 2004
People who have early stage Alzheimer’s disease (AD) could be more capable of learning than previously thought, according to two new studies supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), a part of the National Institutes of Health. The...